Eiko Saeki Fischer, aged 84, passed away on May 1st in Fairfield Iowa at Parkview Care Center, with her daughter at her bed-side.
A private gathering to honor and celebrate her life will be held at a later date.
She was born in 1936 in Fukuoka, Japan to Jinsuke Saeki (Eiko’s father), and her mother Fushino (Yasuda) Saeki.
Eiko lived a life of undaunted spirit and courage. She had a natural thoughtfulness towards others, a gracious and generous heart, great elegance and an appreciation of life’s beauty.
Her early life saw the difficult atmosphere of growing up during war-time Japan in the 1940’s, a period that saw the bombing of her family’s home, and the sudden illness and death of her mother. Despite these hardships, in life she remained inspired and graced by a lightness of spirit.
As a young adult in Japan she studied fashion design, and her work within a company there led to her being granted a scholarship to go to the U.S. to continue her fashion design studies at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City in the early 1960’s.
While as a fashion design student in New York, Eiko met her future husband Clifford (‘Cliff’) H. Fischer, a native and life-long resident of Southern New Jersey. Cliff worked in print and broadcast advertising for many years as a copywriter for various Philadelphia advertising agencies. He was a decorated veteran of WWII who served in Europe. They married in 1965 and together they raised two children. Cliff preceded her in death in 2001.
In the 1980’s, Eiko worked as a pattern-maker for the Philadelphia-based American fashion designer Albert Nipon, whose design house was renowned for its classic women’s dress-making and its exceptional tailoring.
In her mid-40’s, there was a deep-rooted change in Eiko’s priorities and in her life direction. With an inner call to be of more service to others, she was guided towards the study of alternative healing. She returned to school to study shiatsu massage, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, chi-kung and Taoist meditation. She was a graduate of the International School of Shiatsu in Doylestown, PA., and trained at the Universal Healing Tao School. With characteristic focused commitment and trust in life, she established a thriving healing practice in her town of Collingswood, New Jersey, where she worked as a gifted healer who helped many people in a spirit of deep dedication and care until her retirement at age 70.
Upon retirement, Eiko became a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and later of Fairfield, Iowa.
A dearly loved teacher in Eiko’s journey was the humanitarian leader and spiritual teacher Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known more widely as Amma, (The Hugging Saint). Eiko especially loved being able to attend Amma’s programs each year since 1995, and she greatly enjoyed doing volunteer work within Amma’s charitable organization both within in the U.S. and in India, where here Eiko met many life-long friends.
Eiko will be deeply missed by her family. She is survived by her son Steven and her daughter Tamiko, and her son in law, Joseph Gavin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to one of Amma’s humanitarian projects, either online through Amma.org or by mail to: M. A. Center Attn: Donations P. O. Box 613 San Ramon, CA. 94583.
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